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Ships: Slavern Shuttle
by Thilo G. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 05/01/2020 09:47:08

An Endzeitgeist.com review

This installment of the Series of pdfs that provides fully operational spaceships for your SFRPG-game clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial and SRD, leaving us with 11 pages of content, so let’s take a look!

This review was moved up in my reviewing queue as a prioritized review at the request of my patreon-supporters.

After the awesome and massive frigate, we have a regular-sized ship type this time around, which comes, as always, in multiple different iterations. The base shuttle is a tier 1 Small shuttle with S6 thrusters and an Arcus Light power core. The ship has a basic computer, signal basic hyperdrive, an cut-rate sensors – but it does have mk3 armor and mk1 defences, and features three light laser cannons – two (non-inked) forward facing, one on the turret. Unless I miscounted, it has a little bit, but not much left in its BP-budget, which makes sense and allows potentially for minor modifications.

The slavern gunship builds on this for a tier 2 variant. EDIT: Previously missing bolding was added. Kudos for fixing that! The primary difference here would be an upgrade for the power core, which is increased to Pulse Brown – and promptly used to fuel two non-linked chain cannons, which replace the forward-facing laser cannons. The vessel maxed out its BP-budget, which I can appreciate particularly for specialist ships.

The tier 3 slavern raid leader transport is powered by a Pulse Gray power core, which fuels S6 thrusters, the ship features forward-facing fire-linked chain cannons and a turret with a high explosive missile launcher. With mk 5 armor, basic 30 shields and mk3 defences, but only cut-rate sensors and a basic computer, common crew quarters and cargo hold expansion bays, the design of the ship (which makes good use of its BP) oozes “raiding vessel.”

The fourth ship is actually not a slavern ship per se, but a turan shuttle they managed to obtain. This one clocks in at tier 5, powered by a Pulse Black power core, and equipped with S8 thrusters and a signal basic hyperdrive. While we have mk 6 armor and mk 5 defences, the ship shows its different makers in pretty much every aspect of its design: It has a mk 2 duonode computer, and its expansion bays feature only one cargo hold, but do come with medical bay and escape pods. The crew’s lives are more important here, and it also shows in the presence of good crew quarters, basic medium-range sensors, light 70 shields, and biometric locks. Offense-wise, we have two non-linked light plasma cannons on the front, and a third one on a turret. Turan efficiency is also represented by the use of BP here – unless I miscalculated, the entire BP-budget’s been used.

The variants provided include notes on famous crews for each variant, as well as lore-tables that list sample DCs for Computers checks so that players that do their legwork actually know what they’ll be up against. Also nice: The write-ups list sample creatures/cargo that they might be carrying – oh, and in case you were wondering, the pdf does explain the modus operandi of a slavern raid in a pretty cool piece of flavorful introduction. The supplement comes with the paper-stand mini-style print-out page, and a pretty darn impressive 2 pages that depict the vessel in gorgeous full color from both front and back. We also get a really neat and aesthetically-pleasing map-version of the interior of the vessel in full color, noting its sections. And no, I’m not complaining about map-labels! Why? Because the ship comes with a VTT-friendly jpg-version of the map that is 100% player-friendly. Kudos!

EDIT: In the first iteration, one of the pre-filled ship sheets (which are super handy as handouts for players!) was incorrect; this has been rectified immediately. Kudos for the swift fix!

Conclusion:

Editing and formatting are very good on a rules language level and on a formal level. Layout adheres to the series’ two-column full-color standard, and the artworks and maps for the ship, both in full-color, are STUNNING. The pdf has no bookmarks, but doesn’t need them at this length.

Paul Fields and Jim Milligan deliver yet another cool installment in the series. With a couple of tweaks, starship combat can be super-fun, and after a few hiccups at the start, I’ve made it work in my game rather well. However, I a) don’t have the time to stat X starships, and b) SUCK at drawing at cartography. As such, this series has been a huge boon for my game, and the convenience offered alongside the cool maps always make these pdfs a welcome addition.  The addition of a player-friendly VTT-jpg is yet another plus for the series. EDIT: The updated pdf gets rid of my complaints. As such, I consider this now to be well in the region of a 5-star pdf. Kudos to the Evil Robot crew for the swift fix/update!

Endzeitgeist out.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
Ships: Slavern Shuttle
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Ships: Terran Frigate
by Thilo G. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 04/06/2020 12:15:35

An Endzeitgeist.com review

This installment of the ship-series by evil Robot games clocks in at 16 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!

This review was moved up in my reviewing queue at the request of my patreon supporters as a prioritized review.

The terran frigate’s base version is a tier 6 Large destroyer that comes with light 60 shields, evenly distributed, with a  Arcus Maximum power core and a signal basic hyperdrive; weaponry-wise, we get heavy laser canon and heavy torpedo launcher on the front, light torpedo launchers on ort and starboard, and coilgun turret; on the defense, mk 4 armor and defences, basic medium-ranged sensors and a mk2 duonode. As always, the stats are complemented by a table that lists the Dcs required for the PCs to actually know about the ship’s interior and weaponry.

As always in the series, we get additional stats: We have the tier 9 elite custom frigate (powered by Pulse Orange) with better all-around defensive and offensive options, as befitting of tier 9; on the other side, a battle-damaged frigate at tier 4, and a tier 10 mighty blockade runner are also included; the latter deserves special mention, because it is not a linear upscale of the tier 9 ship, but has radically-different weapon-loadouts – in play, the difference in the ships’ focuses really shows. Much to my enjoyment, we get more, though: each of the 4 write-ups notes famous ships and provides a brief hook, as well as some name suggestions – when a ship is written off as a total loss and becomes a damaged frigate, for example, the name is usually changed to include something related to fire, like “Erebus”, “Fury”, or “Phoenix”; blockade runners, on the other hand, as vessels breaking through enemy lines, often get names/components like “Implacable” or “Steadfast.” It’s a small thing, but it shows care.

Now, as you know by now, we get a proper 1-page art-spread of the ship from both front and back (which you could also use to represent two different ships…just sayin’), but this time around, we also get a one-page artwork of a soldier. As always in the series, we do get filled-in versions of Evil Robot Games’ neat ship-sheets; we get the paper-mini-style page as well, of course…oh, and guess what? The maps of each of the two decks this time around are so massive, they take up two pages! I kind you not.

I can’t say enough positive things about the details of the maps: Here a chair that’s not straight, there a couple different tech stations/computers, different tables and engines, and yet all’s subservient to an overall aesthetic that makes the place feel organic and lived in. Crew quarters’ common areas has unified chairs and table-placement, but working desks? There you can see differences in tech. You can point on a part of the map and state “XYZ is here” – and it’s visible. The map does note weapons, gunnery stations, etc. in big fat letters…so boo? NO! It is my pleasure to report that the massive ship’s two levels both come with proper VTT-ready, PLAYER-FRIENDLY maps. I love it. Particularly right now.

Conclusion:

Editing and formatting are very good as a whole; apart from the persistent “DC’s”-typo for the plural form, I noticed nothing that would impede anyone’s enjoyment of this offering in a serious manner. The pdf adheres to a two-column full-color standard with a white background, making printing out of shipsheets, stats, etc. no problem regarding printer/toner-expenditure. The pdf has no bookmarks, but doesn’t need any. The frigate model by CGPitbull deserves special applause: The ship looks AMAZING, and Keera McNeill also did a great job – aesthetics-wise, this is a beautiful ship. The maps by Matthew Francella also deserve a big shout-out: They are full-color, and, as noted, are presented in player/VTT-friendly versions – huge plus in utility right there.

Okay, so let’s make that clear: Sometimes, size does matter. Case in point: This installment. Paul Fields and Jim Milligan have written essentially both a ready to use ship, and made a fantasy of mine come true. You see, I enjoy switching between starship combat and regular combat, I like running scenarios where you infiltrate a ship or hijack it, but map-wise, particularly larger ships tend to not exactly grow on trees. This handy book delivers a great map you can use as an adventure backdrop, a home away from home for the players (think of Firefly’s ship-centric episodes – this one could carry that sort of thing), and has the stats done for you as well. I know I’ll provide this one to my players as soon as their current characters reach the appropriate level…you see, I have a couple of nasty things planned…

So, is this worth the asking price? Heck yes! It also lets you send a sign: If you’re like me and want more BIG SHIPS, then do yourself a favor and get this. 5 stars + seal of approval.

Endzeitgeist out.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
Ships: Terran Frigate
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Ships: Trogon Cruiser
by eric m. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/04/2020 18:10:18

Stat block are ok. Descriptions are ok. No deck plan for this one. :P

Love the cover art. Would have loved to see a deck plan.



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[3 of 5 Stars!]
Ships: Trogon Cruiser
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Creator Reply:
Thank you for being a customer and leaving a review. The Trogon are getting a new series of ships. The 3D renderings are done and the cartographer is working on a shuttle and freighter deckplan. I have drawn an outline for this Cruiser and it will receive a deckplan based on that outline and new textures being created for the Trogon ships. As older ships get their deckplans they will also get updated covers, layout, an art page, 2D pawns, play sheets for every stat block and VTT maps of the deckplans. Customers who have already purchased these ships will receive an update from DriveThruRPG when new files are available. Again, thank you for being a customer and leaving a review, they really help. Paul
Ships: Strike Fighter
by eric m. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/04/2020 18:09:43

Stat block are ok. Descriptions are ok. No deck plan for this one. :P



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Ships: Strike Fighter
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Ships: Pirate Fighter
by eric m. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/04/2020 18:08:57

Stat block are ok. Descriptions are ok. No deck plan for this one. :P

Lot of stat blocks with a little bit of art.



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Ships: Pirate Fighter
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Ships: Katar Mining Freighter
by eric m. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/04/2020 18:07:44

I love the concept of this ship. Great execution on the layout of the ship. Love it.

Stat block are ok. Descriptions are ok. High rez pic of ship. Good deck plan.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
Ships: Katar Mining Freighter
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Ships: Katar Light Freighter
by eric m. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/04/2020 18:06:53

Stat block are ok. Descriptions are ok. High rez pic of ship. Good deck plan.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
Ships: Katar Light Freighter
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Ships: Katar Light Cruiser
by eric m. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/04/2020 18:06:19

Stat block are ok. Descriptions are ok. High rez pic of ship. Good deck plan.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
Ships: Katar Light Cruiser
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Ships: Katar Heavy Freighter
by eric m. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/04/2020 18:05:56

Stat block are ok. Descriptions are ok. High rez pic of ship. Good deck plan.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
Ships: Katar Heavy Freighter
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Ships: Katar Heavy Cruiser
by eric m. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/04/2020 18:05:38

Stat block are ok. Descriptions are ok. High rez pic of ship. Good deck plan.



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Ships: Katar Heavy Cruiser
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Ships: Katar Gunship
by eric m. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/04/2020 18:05:18

Stat block are ok. Descriptions are ok. High rez pic of ship. Good deck plan.



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Ships: Katar Gunship
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Ships: Katar Fast Attack
by eric m. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/04/2020 18:05:08

Stat block are ok. Descriptions are ok. High rez pic of ship. Good deck plan.



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Ships: Katar Fast Attack
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Ships: Interceptor
by eric m. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/04/2020 18:04:19

Stat block are ok. Descriptions are ok. High rez pic of outside.



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
Ships: Interceptor
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Ships: Heavy Dropship
by eric m. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/04/2020 18:03:16

Stat block are ok. Descriptions are ok. No deck plan for this one. :P I loved the cover art for this one, so i am a bit disappointed.



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[3 of 5 Stars!]
Ships: Heavy Dropship
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Creator Reply:
Thank you for being a customer and leaving a review. The deckplans for this ship have been in work for s long time. Currently only the Medical Shuttle variant has a deckplan. The cartographer is working on 2 other deckplans and then we will update the release. As older ships get their deckplans they will also get updated covers, layout, an art page, 2D pawns, play sheets for every stat block and VTT maps of the deckplans. Customers who have already purchased these ships will receive an update from DriveThruRPG when new files are available. Again, thank you for being a customer and leaving a review, they really help. Paul
Ships: Eldred Pirate Cruiser
by eric m. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/04/2020 18:02:15

Stat block are ok. Descriptions are ok. High rez pic of ship. Good deck plan.



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Ships: Eldred Pirate Cruiser
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